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New "celebrity" joins Fairhaven sculpture scene

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Sat, 05/26/2018 - 3:30pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

The public is invited to the 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26 unveiling and dedication in front of Village Books and Paper Dreams

A bronze sculpture of Mark Twain seated on a bench will be unveiled and dedicated 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26 in front of Village Books and Paper Dreams and you are invited to the ceremony!

In August 1895, Samuel Clemens -- better known as Mark Twain -- visited Fairhaven. Artist Gary Lee Price‚Äôs life-sized bronze sculpture of Twain seated on a bench, reading a book, joins similar nearby sculptures of Fairhaven founder Dirty Dan Harris and community leader J.J. Donovan. Donated by community member Michael Botwin to the City of Bellingham and Village Books, the bench has space so visitors can sit awhile with the legendary writer and humorist.  

The dedication includes comments from local history author Brian Griffin, who will recount Twain's visit to Fairhaven. Other speakers include Village Books and Paper Dreams co-owner Kelly Evert, who will comment on Twain's contribution to literature; Bellingham City Council member Gene Knutson, who will share how the Twain sculpture reflects the city's commitment to the arts; Michael Botwin, who donated the bench; and sculptor Gary Lee Price. A reception with the artist will follow the dedication.